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  1. shpydar says

    Of the [158 long-term drinking water advisories the Trudeau government inherited in 2015, 106 have been resolved](https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1506514143353/1533317130660).

    Of the remaining 52 long-term drinking water advisories in effect in 33 indigenous communities,

    * 2 are having feasibility studies done
    * 6 are in the design phase
    * 29 are currently under construction
    * 15 are awaiting final inspection to have their advisory lifted

    The Trudeau government in Dec. 2020 [announced an additional $1.5 billion in new investment for clean drinking water in Indigenous communities](https://www.canada.ca/en/indigenous-services-canada/news/2020/12/government-of-canada-announces-15-billion-in-new-investments-for-clean-drinking-water-in-first-nations-communities.html) above the [$4.6 billion the Trudeau government invested back in March of 2016](https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/report_pdf/canada0616web.pdf).

    While we should never have gotten to this point, it is clear ending the clean drinking crisis in Indigenous communities is a priority for our current government, and they are committed to resolving this issue.

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  2. Stauvenhagian says

    Just so people are aware. Curve lake is not some northern reserve that’s beyond the reach of modern infrastructure. It’s about 30 minutes outside of a town of almost 100k people. It’s even closer to a small town called Lakefield which is home to one of the most expensive private schools in Ontario. Anddddd it’s just east of one of the most expensive lakes, Stony Lake in all of Ontario.

    Just wanted to point that out.

    Since this got so much attention. I will also add that Curve Lake is about two hours east of Toronto. The most populated city in Canada, fourth in North America. And I don’t mean, an hour east and the hop on some dirt roads. I mean there are multiple cities between the two all over 100k spread along the busiest highway in North America, The 401. which can go fuck itself all together.

    There’s your geography lesson for the day folks.

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  4. DumpKenney432 says

    BUT, reserves receive millions of dollars every from the feds for exactly this kind of thing. But band councils are not constrained to spend that money on the projects for which they are intended, especially infrastructure.

    I like to use Attawapaskat because it’s the most well known. The reserve receives $60M from the federal government and $30 M from deBeers for mining. It has approximately 1.5K people. I’ll use my community as the counter balance. It has 11K people and is approximately similar to the size of NB. It has a budget of around $77M a year. Like many reserves, it is fairly isolated. But manages to,do everything infrastructure-wise on much less money than Attawapaskat.

    The question has to be how and why. The main reason I can figure is mismanagement as councils are not required to account for federal funding. I’ve seen it myself. I was involved in creating a reservoir to water treatment plant on a local reserve. It worked well. HOWEVER, the plant was never maintained nor was it did they evert train anyone to work in it. Within two years it was in such disrepair that it would have to be rebuilt from the ground up.

    There is a major disconnect between the reception of funding and its use. I’m not trying to put down the natives but the whole system is broken. If the feds pay the contractors directly for infrastructure projects, we are being patriarchal. If we just throw money at the problems we are ignoring what needs to be done. We can’t win.

    What needs to be done is tear up the Indian Act and start over from scratch.

  5. Ok_Preparation_7696 says

    Let’s put some perspective on this.

    Curve Lake is just north of Peterborough. There is plenty of housing and resources less than 25 km (15 miles) away.

    The reserve had a water filtration plant built in 1986 that they did not maintain.

    They were given over two million dollars last year to build a new one, which, if it goes the same way it went before, will be unusable by 2028.

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    Canada has a widespread issue with providing necessities of life to these communities, but Curve Lake is not on the list of neglected First Nations communities.

  6. from_the_hinterland says

    This article does not appear to have been week researched, or perhaps the writer just decided to blame the government without acknowledging that although they haven’t met their targets that they have repaired over 75% of the boil water orders in communities and are continuing to fix the problem even if they are slower than they thought.

    And there was A HUGE backlog of boil water orders before the Trudeau liberals were in power because no other government has even attempted to work on the problem in a meaningful way. Yes, all communities in Canada need clean drinking water and I’m glad the government is doing something about it.

    This article misses half of the information that gives a balanced report on the situation.

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  8. CyanConatus says

    Okay Im gonna get a lot of flake but Im going to drop a couple truth bombs here.

    There is money going to these projects but the money is generally embezzled by the first nation leaders.

    Communities that have these treatment plants actually do have money tracable back to the Goverment.

    Canada is far from perfect but a large part of the blame here is actually the first nation leaders here.

    And the Canadian goverment can’t exactly force them to use said money for said project if said project is located on reserves.

    I’m not even joking here. If the Canadian goverment just took the money and built it directly all these reserves would have clean water.

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  11. Account12january2021 says

    Ok but isnt the point of reserves that they are their own sovereign land?

  12. The420Madman says

    Unfortunately it’s like a corporation that receives bailout money or tax breaks… the people at the top get bonuses and there is not enough left for the ones at the bottom.

  13. dentistshatehim says

    I live rurally and had to install a $6k system to make my water drinkable. How is my, and 10000s of other Canadians different?

  14. redvillafranco says

    Don’t know much about Canadian government – but does the national government usually provide water to municipalities? Or is it usually the Provincial or Local governments?

  15. DarrylSnozzberry says

    Canada has a large number of people that live in areas so remote that the financial cost of water treatment is far beyond that of a developed area. The best solution is to change the law to allow communities to manage their own water treatment. Economically viable areas will have clean water.

  16. GabKoost says

    i don’t get it.

    Why don’t you dig a well behind your house and solve the problem.

    I am from Europe and that’s what everyone did in villages / small towns.

    People dragged water sources to the town/village center and then most houses had their own private well.

    It’s not like Canada suffers from droughts and has problems with water pollution.

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  19. xeronak says

    A lot of these communities live in extremely remote areas and even “white” canadians would never have aqueduct water there. You’d need an artesian well. The band chiefs pocket all the money and don’t reeinvest in the communities. That’s the real issue here. But hey I guess it’s more fun to freak out and call this racism for the mainstream media and leftist narratives.

  20. kevlorneswath says

    Hey Curve Laker here. Please feel free to ask me questions. My mom is from Grassy Narrows the other reserve mentioned. So literally have the answers you seek. Ask away.

  21. winnipeggremlin says

    As a Canadian I am actually happy this is making world news. I am a proud Canadian, born and raised but I cannot understand how many first nations still do not have running water. It’s not one or two it’s hundreds. It is so shameful. Running water is a basic human right. For a country so rich it’s deplorable.

    An indigenous activist I follow said it better than any one else “if they can build a pipeline through our land why the f*** couldn’t they bring us running water”

  22. Popcom says

    So why don’t they build a treatment thing like every other city? They’re only 100k from the city of 100,000 people has treated water why don’t they just do that?

  23. J_Cholesterol says

    This seems to be a very divisive and hot topic all across Canada it’s either “the government isn’t giving enough money” or “the chiefs are mismanaging money”. Can anyone point me to some actual evidence of either of these claims? It’s easy enough to look up the amount the government gives each year but is there anywhere I can see how it is distributed? Can anyone show me any article or anything about mismanagement of money from the chiefs/ band that isn’t the one from the Fraser Herald? Seriously I would love to know I’m tired of having this debate with people and neither side having any evidence

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  25. LeDirtBagger says

    I live in Northern Alberta, my friend is a hydro-geologist and has informed me that in some populace towns thr lead in the water is worse than Flint, Michigan.

  26. InebriatedCanadian says

    Taxes pay for modern infrastructure. A demographic that does not pay taxes cannot expect to benefit from public taxes.

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